Mark Farrah Associates Reports Medicare Advantage Exceeds 21 Million Members


McMurray, Pennsylvania--(Business Wire) -- Mark Farrah Associates (MFA),, reported in its latest analysis brief that Medicare Advantage (MA) membership exceeded 21 million as of February 1, 2018, compared to 19.6 million a year ago.  Managed Medicare continues to be an attractive growth market for health insurance companies as only 34% of the 61 million people eligible for Medicare across the United States and U.S. territories are enrolled in MA plans.

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Advantage enrollment reports aggregated by MFA in Medicare Business Online™, total Medicare Advantage (MA) plan enrollment as of February 1, 2018 increased 7.6% from February of 2017.  The top ten carriers covered 70% of all Medicare Advantage enrollees.  UnitedHealth remained the leader with over 5.25 million enrolled, commanding 25% of the market. 

MFA reported that 80% (approximately 16.8 million) of MA membership was through direct purchase policies while only 20%, or 4.1 million, of total MA enrollees were enrolled in employer - group retiree plans.  However, group membership added over 441,000 more beneficiaries, year-over-year, and continues to be to be a viable opportunity for health plans.  Additionally, as of February 2018, 61% of all members were enrolled in an HMO plan as this plan type continues to predominate Medicare Advantage coverage. 

Medicare Advantage plans rely on February and March enrollment reports to evaluate their standing and assess which competitors gained and lost members during the last Annual Election Period, (AEP). Many companies conduct their post-AEP competitive assessments by using tools such as Mark Farrah Associates’ (MFA) Medicare Business Online™ and Health Coverage Portal™.  To read the full text of “Medicare Advantage Plans Cover Over 21 Million Seniors as of February 2018", visit the Analysis Briefs library on Mark Farrah Associates' website.

About Mark Farrah Associates (MFA)

MFA is a leading data aggregator and publisher providing health plan market data and analysis tools for the healthcare industry.  Committed to simplifying analysis of health insurance business, our products include Medicare Business Online™, Medicare Benefits Analyzer™, Health Coverage Portal™, County Health Coverage™, and Health Plans USA™.

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